Microsoft Opens Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards Contest At Visual FoxPro Developer Conference 97

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 1997 — At the Visual FoxPro
™Developer Conference 97 here today, Microsoft Corp., in conjunction with FoxPro Advisor Magazine, kicked off the Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards, an applications development contest to recognize and celebrate the wide variety of solutions built with the Microsoft® Visual FoxPro database management system. Entrants will compete in six categories showcasing all types of Visual FoxPro-based solutions – from network-based all the way up to state-of-the-art Internet and client/server database solutions – that developers are building today and that highlight the unique skills of the Visual FoxPro community. Winners will be recognized and extensively promoted by Microsoft and FoxPro Advisor Magazine.

“We are excited to see the tremendous response to the Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards here at Visual FoxPro DevCon 97,” said Paul Gross, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft. “It is time to let our loyal developer community show the world how they are creating state-of-the-art Internet and client/server database solutions and meeting the needs of the business community with Visual FoxPro.”

The Excellence Awards program, which begins today and will run through Jan. 9, 1998, will showcase the variety of solutions being built with Visual FoxPro as well as the unique skills of developers who use it. These skills – such as very efficient data management, quick encapsulation of business logic and highly practical approaches to solving business problems – enable developers using Visual FoxPro to rapidly design, develop and deploy successful database solutions. Microsoft Visual FoxPro is a powerful object-oriented environment for creating database applications.

Working closely with the Visual FoxPro developer community and sponsors, Microsoft has identified the following six Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards categories, which allow developers to highlight applications that solve their customers’ needs today:

  • Best Desktop/Network Solution. Solutions developed to run with Visual FoxPro data residing on a desktop PC or network server

  • Best Web Site Solution. Development of an Internet or intranet commerce or information system using a Visual FoxPro back end

  • Best Client/Server Solution. Development of a Visual FoxPro front end with a relational DBMS (Microsoft SQL Server
    , Oracle, etc.) back end

  • Best Philanthropic Solution. Solutions developed for schools or charitable organizations

  • Best Migration to Visual FoxPro. A solution originally developed for the FoxPro® database management system (any previous version), and then migrated to Visual FoxPro

  • Best Packaged Application. An outstanding packaged software solution offered for resale in vertical or horizontal markets

Winners and Finalists Bask in Industry Spotlight

In addition to being recognized by the industry as technology leaders, finalists and winners will receive the following:

  • Finalists. Finalist developers will be named in a news release, have their solution highlighted on the Microsoft Web site, and receive a free pass to Visual FoxPro DevCon 98 and a trophy.

  • Winners. Winners will receive all of the above, be honored at a special awards event for attendees of Visual FoxPro DevCon 98, be named in a news release and receive a listing in a “Congratulations Winners” advertisement in FoxPro Advisor Magazine.

Sponsors of the Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards include AccountMate Software Corp., Application Developers Training Co., DBI Technologies Inc., Flash Creative Management, Micro Endeavors Inc., Pinnacle Publishing and Pinter Consulting. Advisor, producer of the annual Visual FoxPro Developer Conference and producer, with Microsoft, of the Excellence Awards program, is a pioneer independent provider of focused expert technical guidance via a family of magazines, international developer conferences, CDs and the Web site.

The entry for the Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards is an essay about the solution, which should have been built and deployed using Microsoft Visual FoxPro version 3.0 or 5.0 and other products. Solutions may use Microsoft and other software as part of their entry. Entrants may enter one solution per category and may enter as many categories as they want. Complete contest details, entry forms and rules are available at .

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